The best airplane toys for under twos
When it comes to air travel, adding a baby to the equation can make things complicated and daunting. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying for 2 hours or 12, it’s a hard gig and having the right gear and toys can make it a whole lot easier. Ready to pack your carryon? Here are 17 airplane friendly toys for under twos.
Getting ready to fly with a baby? In a perfect world – they’d fall asleep shortly after take off, wake up before landing and giggle and coo at the smiling flight attendant while passengers commend you for having such a well-behaved baby.
In reality – they’ll probably be teething, over-tired and already in their second change of clothing before you even have a chance to buckle your seat belt. To help keep both you and your baby cool, calm and collected while in the terminal and in the air, it’s a good idea to pack a few airplane-friendly toys.
If/ when your baby isn’t asleep, keeping them entertained will be your main priority. We all know that fussy babies usually need redirection so we like to pack options when it comes to teethers, toys and soothers. Books like Pat the Bunny are great because they can provide a tactile experience, while Natursutten’s PaciPixy does double time as a pacifier holder and cuddle buddy.
Depending on your child’s age and interests, they may want to do something crafty. While we did learn the hard way that crayon does come off an airplane wall with wet wipes, it’s smarter to bring chalk or markers with invisible ink. We particularly love the all-in-one chalk coloring books from Jaq Jaq Bird.
When packing your baby’s carryon, remember to choose things that are:
- Easy to clean
It’s also wise to opt for toys that have magnetic pieces and are easy to store. The last thing you need is to be digging in your bag for a stray puzzle piece when your 18 months old is emotionally invested in a puzzle and just needs the last two pieces. Or worse – asking a stranger in 54D to please pass back your child’s purple chalk.
Here are The Tot-approved Airplane toy picks